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2015 NRA WSC Champion
Bruce Piatt. Rifle is Daniel
Defense DDM4 V7 Pro
with Vortex Strike Eagle
1-8x24 mm optic.

are the skills that I focus on whether shooting,
teaching or competing. In no particular
hierarchy or order they are all interrelated.
Firearms manipulation skills: This means
the way you "run the gun." Focus on how
you manipulate any firearm whether it is a
revolver, semi-automatic pistol, AR-15, bolt
action, shotgun, etc. Knowing how to load,
unload and keep any gun in action and firing
is important. The worst stage for me every
year during the WSC is cowboy action. If I
own the guns, why? Quite simply-because I
don't take time to practice and train with those
very specific platforms. I am very specific
about how I run the other guns, so actionstyle shooting with them is not an issue.
Manipulation skills need to be automatic while
my brain worries about solving the problem.
Gear manipulation skills are necessary to
success. How you work with the things that
compliment your shooting is important. For
instance, during the precision rifle stage there
are barricades to shoot off of and support bags
to use. If you don't know how to effectively
and efficiently use those objects on the stage
they become ineffective to you and a time
consuming hindrance. Slings, red dots, scopes,
and spare magazines are considered gear and
you need to know how to use them to enhance

your shooting. I heard it said best as "the street
is a poor place to improvise." This means that
the first time you have to do something or
use a tool should not be the day you need do
it best or to save your life. Simple skills like
picking up a magazine from a 55-gallon drum
and getting it in the gun. Gear manipulation!
The fundamentals of marksmanship are
last, and certainly not least. Your
fundamentals need to be firmly set in
place. Whether with iron sights, red dots
or magnified optics-know what you need
to see to make a hit. Triggers are as varied
as the guns they are on. You can't expect
success with a double action only pistol
using the trigger finger placement and
trigger pull you use with your .22 target
pistol. Know what you need to do to get the
hit. Fundamentals change from gun to gun.
The grip you use for your double action
revolver doesn't necessarily translate to the
single action cowboy .45. I know because
it's where I struggle-remember? But all of
my fundamentals (grip, platform, trigger
management, sight alignment, sight picture,
recoil management and follow through) are
solid. Follow through is as important when
shooting an unfamiliar gun as it is with
anything else. 

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